The Broader Crisis in Iraq

Dec. 30, 2011, 8:46 p.m.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies published a report on Iraq's recent instability including the Sunni-Shi'ite split and Prime Minister Maliki's attempt to arrest Vice President Hashimi. It discusses specifically some of the security challenges and economic problems which contribute to these problems.

It is tempting to focus solely on the evolving political crisis and power struggle between Prime Minister Maliki and his opponents, but this is only part of the crisis in Iraq. As the current political crisis makes clear, Iraq still does not have anything approaching a stable government – or fully functioning democracy -- some 20 months after Iraq’s most recent election on March 9, 2010.

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